March 29, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Students in this year's Action Research Center seminar built beds for local kids as part of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Bed Blitz, featured nationally on March 25 during The Drew Barrymore Show on CBS.
Hall of Fame sports writer and Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Dave Kindred '63 is the subject of a 60 Minutes story focused on his self-appointed beat, in retirement, chronicling the Morton High School girls basketball team.
Members of the IWU community were invited to gather in Evelyn Chapel and via Zoom on March 24 to lament together the many tragic events of the recent week and the past year. A video recording is available.
The Spring 2021 IWU Magazine features a cover story on Dr. Judith Eckerle ’98, who serves as director of the University of Minnesota’s Adoption Medicine Clinic. Also: A quest by Andrew Baldock '99 to climb the world’s highest peaks. And Katherine Slevin ’10 combines her love of baking with a business venture that helps support the local immigrant community in Portland, Maine.
Illinois Wesleyan faculty and staff offer expertise on timely topics. This week:

Faculty with expertise to share on timely subjects are welcome to contact John Twork, assistant director of communications, at
Titan Athletics
The Titan football team defeated Augustana College at the Knowlton Athletic Complex on March 27, in the team's first shutout against Augie since 2009.
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio

Assistant Director of Employer Relations / Career Specialist Patrick Zajac offered advice for the second wave of “COVID graduates” soon beginning job searches.
60 Minutes

Dave Kindred ’63 was featured in a segment that aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday night. Read a full transcript, and more coverage from The Pantagraph and (Peoria) Journal Star. 
The Pantagraph

News of expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for higher education employees was greeted by officials at Illinois Wesleyan and other local schools. Also coverage from the Chicago Tribune.
The Pantagraph

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology Sheryl (Swartz) Soukup ’89 has adapted lab practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the changes are here to stay.
Metea (High School) Media

Arjun Nair ’19 is running for alderman in Aurora, Illinois.
The Pantagraph

In his weekly column, Bill Flick detailed eventually abandoned plans to move IWU’s campus to a different location within Bloomington in 1918.
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan University intends to resume nearly all in-person classes this fall.
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School of Music: Links will be posted throughout the semester for performances as they premiere:
Monday, March 29
Through April 21, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – 34th Annual Student Art ExhibitionFor more information:
7 p.m., ZoomBeating Procrastination: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call – Before you log on, watch the short, pre-recorded video on the weekly topic at Sponsored by the Action Research Center.
Wednesday, March 31
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs. Loras  – Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at
Thursday, April 1
4 p.m., Virtual – 3D Series: Arab American Identity – Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
5:30 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. North Park (Exhibition)
Friday, April 2
Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Men's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Invite (Day 1)

2 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. WashUStreaming video at

4 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. WashUStreaming video at
Saturday, April 3
Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Men's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Invite (Day 2)

12 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. North Park - Strikeout Cancer – Streaming video at

1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. North Park – Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at

2 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. North Park - Strikeout CancerStreaming video at

3 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs. Millikin  – Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at

3:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ill. – Men's Tennis vs. Augustana
Sunday, April 4
7 p.m., Hansen Student Center and Virtual – Cypher Dance Team Spring Showcase – The showcase includes dance performances from both the fall and spring semesters as well as smaller units, duos, and/or solos prepared by team members. The event will be held in a hybrid format. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a limited number of people can attend in person. RSVP for in-person or virtual attendance through this form. The livestream will be held via Cypher's YouTube channel.
Monday, April 5
6 p.m., ZoomFinishing the Semester Strong & Finals Tips: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Sponsored by the Action Research Center.
  • Assistant Professor of Music Lisa Nelson gave two presentations at the American String Teachers Association National Conference (virtual, March 3-8) – "Solo & Ensemble and Festival: Exploring Works by Women Composers" and "Beyond Suzuki: Elementary Method Books, Pedagogical Repertoire, and Recital Pieces for the Violin/Viola Studio." Nelson also performed Alexander Raichev's Aria for Solo Viola at three regional conferences of the College Music Society.

  • Associate Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken is among the exhibitors featured in “Nurses Relaxation and Renewal Through the Arts,” a showcase event for nurses’ art expressions on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago April 9 through July 11. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Hektoen Nurses and the Humanities and The Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities.

Optional COVID-19 Testing
Signups for optional COVID-19 testing are available each week. This is open to students, faculty and staff only, with a cap of 20 participants. The signup deadline is each Tuesday at noon for testing that Wednesday. Links for all signups throughout the semester are posted at
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